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Tour Description

  • 9 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

This self-guided bike tour stretches over nine days, taking you around the wildflower-spotted orchards, Sagrantino di Montefalco vineyards and Roman-medieval hilltop towns of rural Umbria. It saves the grande dames of the region till last – the rose-gold hilltop cities of Perugia and Assisi.

Dates of Operation: Every 2 days from 03 May - 14 Oct 18.

Difficulty Level: 2. Varied cycling terrain which will appeal to the fair-weather cyclist or to more active riders looking for a relaxed trip.

Whats Included:

•    All breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
•    Headwater wine carrying service
•    GPS route navigation provided, a free app is also available to download
•    Managed locally by a Headwater representative
•    Optional electric bikes (extra cost)
•    Luggage transfers between hotels

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At a glance

•    Art and opera in Spoleto
•    Wine tasting at the Torgiano Wine Museum
•    Pilgrimage up to Assisi
•    Optional side trips to Perugia and Trevi
•    Characterful hotels with pools

 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Spello

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Map of Day 1: Spello

Spello is a fitting introduction to Umbria – a Roman walled town carved from pink Mount Subasio marble. Check in to the Albergo La Bastiglia hotel in time for dinner at the terrace restaurant or a treatment at the 400-year-old cellar spa.

Day 2: Teverone Valley, Trevi and Spoleto

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Map of Day 2: Teverone Valley

It’s an easy ride to Spoleto today. You’ll follow the Teverone (AKA Aniene) Valley, which squeezes between the foothills of the Apennines.
This route passes tantalisingly close to Trevi, so if you don’t mind a bit of a climb, pedal up to this ancient hilltop town. Its medieval streets give out some of the best views in Umbria – plus, it produces some of the finest extra virgin olive oil in Italy. 
Ready to roll on to Spoleto? Make your way to the Hotel Charleston (or similar), in the historical heart of the town.

 

Day 3: Spoleto

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Map of Day 3: Spoleto

Thanks to its opera, dance and art celebration, Festival dei due Mondi, Spoleto has become a firm favourite on Italy’s art trail. It’s also a must for architecture fans – this hilly town is a spiral of medieval churches and Roman amphitheatres topped off with a 14th-century aqueduct.

Day 4: Montefalco and Marcellano

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Map of Day 4: Montefalco and Marcellano

Wave goodbye to Spoleto and head back north, this time climbing west to the hilltop town of Montefalco. It’s nicknamed ‘the Balcony of Umbria’ for its wide-ranging views over the vineyards and apricot orchards below. This is where to try the up-and-coming Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG.
A dip through wildflower fields is followed by another ascent – this time to Marcellano. This little-visited medieval village is a real Umbrian star. You’ll stay here in style, too, at the Michelin-recommended Grand Relais Laurenti.

 

Day 5: Marcellano

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Map of Day 5: Marcellano

A free day gives you time to explore the pale-gold streets of Marcellano.  Be sure to pop in the Romanesque Sant’Andrea Church. Alternatively, taxi 10 minutes – or cycle – to the Roman, medieval and Gothic buildings of little Bevagna.
Or you could just make the most of your time at the Grand Relais Laurenti. Sink into the country-view pool, try seasonal Umbrian dishes at the restaurant, or wander the restored medieval courtyards.

 

Day 6: Gualdo Cattaneo and Torgiano

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Map of Day 6: Gualdo Cattaneo and Torgiano

You’ll continue north to Gualdo Cattaneo, where medieval must-sees include the imposing round-towered castle. From here, you can freewheel north-west through the Umbrian plains that lead to Torgiano. It’s a typical medieval town complete with crumbling walls and a wine museum. 
Your hotel is the 19th-century Hotel Al Grappolo d’Oro.

 

Day 7: Torgiano

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Map of Day 7: Torgiano

Use this day to explore the medieval centre of Torgiano. The Museo del Vino covers everything from folk wine-making recipes to modern farming techniques, plus tasting sessions. 
Fancy a taste of city life? Hop in a taxi (or bus) and travel 15 minutes to Perugia – the grand capital of Umbria. Fine art and chocolate boutiques are among the highlights here. There’s lots to see in the countryside around, too, including sky-high Bettona and the ceramic shops of Deruta. 

 

Day 8: Brufa, Chiascio Valley, Assisi and Spello

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Map of Day 8: Brufa

Spectacular vistas come thick and fast on this last day of cycling. First, you’ll whizz past vineyards on the way to Brufa. This hamlet is one of the best lookouts in Umbria, offering views towards Assisi and Perugia.
The lanes, sunflower fields, farmhouses, meadows and fruit orchards of the Chiascio Valley are up next. It’s a peaceful breather before gearing up for the climb to Assisi. This world-famous pilgrimage city is the birthplace of St. Francis – one of Italy’s most important patron saints. Churches are the theme here, so expect domed basilicas, fresco-laden chapels and Gothic temples.
The Via degli Ulivi whisks you down through buttercup-carpeted olive groves to Spello and back to your first hotel, Albergo La Bastiglia.

 

Day 9: Spello

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Map of Day 9: Spello

Fuel up on a classic Italian breakfast before checking out of your hotel and heading for home.

 

**Cycling helmets**

In countries where cycling helmets are not a legal requirement, including Italy, we strongly recommend that all customers wear helmets whilst on one of our cycling tours. You are expected to bring your own helmet as we cannot guarantee the availability of helmets for hire or purchase at your destination. If you do decide to hire or purchase a helmet at your destination the choice of helmet and its suitability are at your discretion and Headwater will not be responsible for any issues or problems with helmets or other protective headwear. If you choose to ignore our advice to wear a helmet or other protective headwear you understand that you do so at your own risk and that such action may affect the validity of your travel insurance.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

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Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO). Direct flights to Fiumicino are available from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

Direct flights to Perugia (PEG) depart from London Stansted and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.